Marine accident round-up : 15th September 2020

23,000 teu container ship MSC Mia (IMO 9839466) allided with a gantry crane while leaving the MSC container terminal at Valencia during the morning of September 13th. The crane collapsed and the crane operator suffered injuries. He was rescued by the fire brigade and taken to hospital. After the accident, the container vessel was moored at Valencia outer anchorage for investigations before leaving for Gioia Tauro, ETA September 15th.

2019-built, Panama-flagged, 232,618 gt MSC Mia is owned by Sea 63 leasing Co Ltd care of manager MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is Mediterranean Shipping Co Srl of Piano di Sorrento, Italy.

Research vessel Oruç-Reis (IMO 9675470) has departed the disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean which it entered on August 10th. It was escorted by Turkish warships. After more than a month of research in the Eastern Mediterranean and multiple international tensions, the vessel returned to Antalya on September 13th. Turkey stressed that this did not mean that it was giving up its rights in the area. Turkey had extended the mission three times despite repeated calls from the EU and Greece to desist. 2017-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,789 gt Oruç-Reis is owned by Enerji Ve abil Kaynaklar care of manager Oras Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey.

A crew member of Passenger/Cargo RoRo Color Magic (IMO 9349863)  tested positive of Covid-19 on September 10th. The vessel sails between Oslo and Kiel and its departure from Oslo on September 12th has been cancelled. The man was a dancer on the vessel’s entertainment staff. Color Line requires that employees coming from red-designated countries be quarantined for one day before boarding the ferry. This has been done for the person in question. The person was asymptomatic. He and his colleagues were immediately quarantined. There was no contact with passengers. All crew members were now tested. Color Line has sent a message to all passengers who were on board from September 10th to 12th to follow their own state of health. 2007-built, Norway-flagged, 75,156 gt Color Magic is owned by Color Line Cruises AS care of manager Color Line Marine AS of Sandefjord, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Color Line Cruises AS. It is entered with Gard AS for H&M.

Refrigerated cargo ship Alma (IMO 9140968) suffered oil pressure problems on September 12th while en route from Aveiro to Torshavn. The main engine could not be started when the vessel was four miles from Kinlochbervie. The vessel dropped one anchor with the second ready to be deployed. The ship was only one mile from the shore. Propulsion was available in one engine, if needed. Emergency tug Ievoli Black was sent to the vessel and was on site shortly before midnight. A towing connection was established at 01:37 and Alma was towed into Ullapool harbour. 1997-built, Cyprus-flagged, 3,817 gt Alma is owned by Armidia Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Marine Reefer Service Pte of Singapore. ISM manager is Marine Reefer Transport LLC of St Petersburg, Russia. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims) on behalf of Armidia Shipping Co Ltd.

Products tanker Maersk Etienne (IMO 9274642) was traversing the Mediterranean yesterday after a month-long nightmare trying to find a disembarkation point for the 27 refugees it had rescued at the request of the Maltese authorities. Two of the refugees had been disembarked for medical and humanitarian reasons  The final 25 left the ship during the afternoon of September 11th. “We are incredibly relieved that a solution has now finally been found for the 27 migrants on the Maersk Etienne. We would like to thank the crew for acting both humanely and professionally in the difficult situation they have been put in, ”said Maria Skipper Schwenn, director of safety, environment and maritime research of Maersk. “We would like to thank the captain and crew on board the Mare Jonio and the organization Mediterranea Saving Humans for helping Maersk Tankers out of the deadlock they were in. We would also like to thank the authorities for their efforts. We need that we now work together in the future to find concrete solutions that ensure that merchant ships and their crews will not again be in a similar situation”.

The ‘Maersk Etienne’ was expected to arrive in Gibraltar during the morning of September 15th.

2004-built, Denmark-flagged, 26,659 gt Maersk Etienne is owned by Maersk Product Tankers AS care of Rederiet AP Moller AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Maersk Product Tankers AS. Gard AS is leader for H&M, on behalf of AP Moller-Maersk AS.